Walking along the corridor of Ethiopian Restaurants on U street, I noticed this poster about a 2 day Eritrean festival at the DC Convention Center next weekend. I don’t know anything about Eritrea and I am not familiar with this event, but it is apparently an annual occurrence.
I did go to Nectar Lounge in Silver Spring (again) Friday night to partake in their celebration of Liberian independence. It was a bit more popping than on my first visit and there was a $10 cover charge this time (still reasonable by my standards and particularly for an African club). I suspect that many readers do not frequent establishments like this, but if you’ve been looking for this sort of experience in a relaxed, stress free atmosphere, I continue to highly recommend Nectar (although drinks are a bit pricey).
Interestingly, while the crowd had predominantly west African connections, I don’t believe there were many Liberians present. I spoke to people with backgrounds stretching from Cameroon to Sierra Leone, and per the usual, Nigerians seemed to dominate. While I walked there, I found that many people had come from as far away as Virginia and Baltimore environs to celebrate.